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As a young woman with cardiomyopathy, should I worry about my EF and how often should I see my doctor?

I had stage 4 Hodgkins disease in 2002 at age 26. I received ABVD treatment. My doctor gave me the go ahead to have a baby and in 2007 I did. I did have a few problems during delivery. When my baby was 7 weeks old I thought I was having a heart attack. I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy and an EF of 32-34%, I think. My doctor said it was most likely due to cancer treatments. My EF as of last test was in the 50's. If I continue my Coreg and Vasotec, should I ever have to worry and how often should I see a doctor? My doctor said these would be lifelong medications. How serious was 32-34%?

submitted by Heather from Dante, Virginia on 7/10/2011

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Patrick J. Cook, MD  

Patrick J. Cook, MDYou should see your cardiologist at the intervals he/she thinks are appropriate. 32-34% is a severe decrease in heart pumping function; "the 50's" not so much.  

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